Green Tour: Malena and Graham’s Shrine to ’59
Name: Malena and Graham
Location: Portland, Oregon
Years lived in: 2, owned
Rather than remodeling their house to suit their taste, Malena and Graham looked long and hard to find a house that was perfect for them. They found it in this well-built brick ranch, which they purchased from the original owners and quickly dubbed “the Shrine to ’59,” a reference to the year the house was built. Their remodeling has been limited to doing a deep cleaning, pulling up carpet, waxing the wood floor in the living room, pulling down a bit of wallpaper, and painting. So it’s green: no dumpsters, very little waste. And they love it—there are no gut remodels in store for this place, no hard feelings festering within these walls.
Our style: Vintage. If it’s older, we like it.
Inspiration: This is a tough one — we’re inspired by so many things.
Biggest Challenge: Procrastination.
What Friends Say: about our house? about us? Hopefully good things!
Proudest DIY: the kitchen. We agonized over colors for months.
Biggest Indulgence: That’s a tough one too. We tend to stick to our budget when it comes to purchases for the house, though we are easily swayed by shiny new technology.
Furniture and Accessories:
Hawthorne Vintage in Portland; Estate Sales
We used Johnson’s Paste Wax to rejuvenate the floor.